Show broadcasts Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Once known as one of the most reclusive music icons, Bob Dylan made his radio debut Wednesday (May 3) with the first broadcast of his new weekly show on XM Satellite Radio, “Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan.”
As the title suggests, each one-hour show is built around a single theme and offers musical selections hand-picked by Dylan. Today’s debut show was devoted to weather and Dylan chose to not play one of his own songs. Instead, he offered an eclectic playlist—much of it from the ‘50s—that ranged from Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” to Judy Garland’s “Come Rain Or Shine” and an Italian version of Stevie Wonder’s “A Place in the Sun.”
It took years for XM’s senior VP and chief creative officer Lee Abrams to convince Dylan to do the show. “We first thought about engaging Bob Dylan in 1998," Abrams tells Billboard.biz. "It took several years to make ‘real’ contact and finally in 2004 we started talking.” In December 2005, the satcaster finally announced the signing of Dylan.
Song lists for future episodes will be built around themes such as "cars," "dance," "police," and "whiskey,” and XM tells Billboard.biz that next week’s show will be devoted to the theme of “Mothers.” Complete track lists of Dylan's show will be posted on www.xmradio.com/bobdylan.
“The Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan” broadcasts on XM’s Deep Tracks (channel 40) Wednesdays at 10 a.m.